Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
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Monument

When I was young one of my favourite SF novels in the children's library was Lloyd Biggle, Jr.'s Monument. Tim White's cover picture of an abandoned spacecraft in a field of tropical flowers is an image I still carry with me, and the story of the world of Langri and its fight for independence is one I haven't forgotten - it's up there with Andre Norton's and Robert Heinlein's juveniles as one of my formative literary experiences. I still have a copy, kept close to hand for those comfort reading moments.

Unfortunately Lloyd Biggle, Jr. died on the 12th of September after a long illness. It's fitting that he left this book behind for us all. Its gentle optimism is a quiet monument for one of SF's best kept secrets.
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